At around noon on August 24, 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius began to erupt and spew ash and then pumice stones down on the towns below it. The eruption lasted well into the morning of August 25th. One of the towns demolished was Pompeii, but the cities of Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis, and many others–some as far away as 73 km–were heavily hit by the volcanic blasts. I wrote this post reconstructing the hour-by-hour of the eruption over on the Forbes blog before I knew of the heartbreaking events in Amatrice. While it may not be the most sensitive post to read this morning, it is a reminder of the profound impact of natural disasters even today. BTW: Over at Bustle, they have a set of links to help you donate time, money, and blood to the victims of the Amatrice earthquake.
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I am an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Iowa. I am interested in Roman, late antique, and early medieval history, archaeology, topography and GIS, Digital Humanities, and the role of Classics in pop culture. I obtained a BA in Classics and History with a minor in Classical Archaeology from the University of Virginia (2005). My PhD is in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011). My book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, is out now from University of Michigan Press (Fall, 2016) and looks at the lives of marginalized tradesmen like gravediggers and tanners. Follow me on Twitter @SarahEBond, read my Blog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. View all posts by sarahemilybond